The Current: Music News

The Current Music News

In about ten minutes a day, hosts Jay Gabler and Jade put music industry headlines in context, share breaking news about upcoming releases, and surprise listeners with strange-but-true stories. Entertaining, conversational, and informative, The Current Music News is an essential daily listen for fans of all genres of music to catch up on the news that matters about today’s most essential artists. Join our Facebook group!

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Music News: Were Maroon 5 the most boring Super Bowl halftime entertainers ever?


Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs at the Super Bowl LIII halftime show.

Maroon 5 played the Super Bowl halftime show. Did you even notice? Jay and Jade talk about the music stars who showed up at the Big Game. Also in the news today: 21 Savage apprehended by ICE, Gordon Lightfoot's heading back into the studio, Linda Ronstadt opens up about Parkinson's experience, and a song from the 'Waitress' musical takes on a second life in online cover versions.

Music News: The Specials collaborate with activist Saffiyah Khan


The reunited Specials.

This week, the Specials are releasing their first new album in 18 years - with a special guest, an activist who went viral wearing a Specials shirt while confronting a far-right group. Also, Jay and Jade spotlight new music from Billie Eilish, Cherry Glazerr, Mandolin Orange, Girlpool, Emily King.

Music News: Beatles 'Let It Be' documentary will draw on 55 unseen hours of footage


The Beatles in London on July 28, 1968.

Peter Jackson is directing a documentary about the Beatles' 'Let It Be,' drawing on a trove of previously unseen video. Also in the news today: stars support Jussie Smollett after attack, Lady Gaga defends Kesha, R&B star James Ingram has died at 66, Rodgers and Hammerstein hit number one, and David Gilmour's selling over a hundred guitars.

Music News: These are not the Grammy winners. Or are they?


Trophies on display at the Grammy Awards, 2018.

The Recording Academy says a 'leaked' list of Grammy winners is not authentic, but that hasn't stopped Twitter from buzzing. Also in the news today: 'Jagged Little Pill' is headed to Broadway, Christina Aguilera is headed to Vegas, Bowie's first televised appearance as Ziggy Stardust has been found, Tracy Morgan spoofed Lou Bega, and Backstreet's back (all right!) with a hit album and a Chance the Rapper tribute.

Music News: Michael Jackson documentary shocks Sundance


Michael Jackson arrives at court to hear the verdict of a 2005 trial.

The Michael Jackson estate says the late star's family is 'furious' about a new documentary alleging sexual abuse. Also in the news today, Vampire Weekend and the Who have announced big shows, film composer Michel Legrand has died at 86, 'Rent Live' was mostly not live, and Psy has signed two of K-pop's biggest stars to his new record label. In today's viral clip, a young Marc Anthony fan takes the stage with her sweet dance moves.

Music News: Weezer drop surprise 'Teal Album' of covers


Weezer's 'Teal Album' cover art.

If you loved Weezer's 'Africa,' you'll be glad to know there's suddenly a lot more where that came from. They have a whole new covers album, and there's also new music this week from Jenny Lewis, Vampire Weekend, Beck, I'm With Her, Foals, and a collaboration between Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst.

Music News: Aimee Mann and Ted Leo launching podcast


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Aimee Mann and Ted Leo are launching a podcast - and so are the Pixies, although theirs will be a limited series. Today in good news for bad times, a crowdfunding effort to help a restaurant owner who was financially ruined by the failed Fyre Festival, and also artists who are donating concert tickets to federal government employees. Plus, Courtney Love reignites a feud with Bikini Kill, remembering keyboardist Edwin Birdsong, and Taylor Swift reports from the 'Cats' movie set.

Music News: Music movies land major Oscar nominations


Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga on the poster for 'A Star is Born.'

'Bohemian Rhapsody,' 'A Star Is Born,' and 'Black Panther' - all movies that made big music-world waves - have been nominated for Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards. Also in the news today: Chris Brown was detained in France, guitarist Reggie Young has died at 82, you can now mute artists on Spotify, and Vampire Weekend released a two-hour guitar loop.